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Set in Nevada in the 1860s, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
Joe and Hoss arrive in the town of Keowa Flats, Texas. They are immediately mistaken for two gunslinging brothers - the Slades. Joe and Hoss soon find themselves involved in a feud. They soon realize that they are the only ones who are in a position to stop the fighting before it gets any worse.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Bonanza; Classic TV; Classic Television; Westerns; Color; Public Domain
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Subject: Another comedy episode
We know right from the start despite the shocking, murderous prelude that on hearing the "comedy" incidental music, this episode is not going to take itself too seriously.
It's got a few funny scenes featuring some giggling young ladies and really it's a bit like an affectionate spoof on the western genre.
Quality of the copy archived here is indeed inferior and some momentary drop-out of picture near the end betrays that this appears to come from a VHS source or similar.
As mentioned, a scene near the end also has some very quirky, jumpy editing which is a bit disorientating to watch.
Also, the only Cartwrights we see are Little Joe and Hoss, doing their comedy "double act". Ben and Adam just aren't in it.
Although, for what it aims for, it works quite well. But if like me, you prefer the more serious Bonanza episodes, then you'd be more inclined to give it a middling score. As it's just not as deeply absorbing as the more sincere stories. Verdict: Light entertainment.
The Bridge -
Subject: WELL - here it is.
Yes, this is the first show I worked as an electrician on, it was still at Paramount then. We worked into the late evening. It was a fun bunch on this show for sure. I think the Gaffer's name was Roy Woodside, nice boss to work with. I saw this episode when it came out, and I was not paying attention to the story, I was looking for the scenes I worked on hahaha. But, have watched Bonanza for many years and always enjoy it. Take a look at this one.
Subject: Is this the episode.....
....where Michael Landon sings "I'm too sexy for my scarf"?
Subject: Light-hearted Bonanza
Dan Blocker and Michael Landon play dual roles as Hoss and Joe are mistaken for notorious gunslingers. Guest stars include veteran actor Henry Hull, Ellen Corby ("The Waltons"), and King Donovan, whom you can find playing Harvey Helm on Bob Cummings episodes here at the Archive.
Familiar theme replaced by what sounds like Duane Eddy.
Picture quality unfortunately isn't as good as some of the other Bonanza episodes available here, looks as if copy was made from television screen. This particular print shows signs of unusual editing in the last act apparently to make up for missing frames.
Worth the download for the shocking opening teaser.
Subject: The Gunmen (Bonanza)
Season 1, episode 19.
Original air date: 23 January 1960.
Hoss and Little Joe are mistaken for bloodthirsty hired killers in a small Texas town dominated by two feuding families.
Cast: Dan Blocker (Eric `Hoss` Cartwright/ Big Jack Slade), Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright/ Little Jim Slade), Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright: credit Only), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright: credit only), (Henry Hull (Sheriff B, Bannneman Brown), Geroge Mitchell (Jubad Hadfield), Douglas Spencer (Alonzo McFadden), King Donovan (twirly Boggs), Dennis Holmes (`Black` Alonzo McFadden), Ellen Corby (Lorna Doone Mayberry), Ann Graves (Amanda McFadden), Jenny Maxwell (Clara Lou Kinsey), Billy McLean (Bartender in Kiowa Flats), Jonathan Gilmore
(Anse Hadfield), Jody Fair (Lisabelle Jones), Dorothy Neumann (Ouisey McFadden), Dorothy Crehan (Suzan Hadfield), Bill Clark (Battender: uncredited) and Bob Miles (Man in Saloon: uncredited).
Copyright has expired abd is now in the public domain.